Lapponian Herder Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Lapponian Herder so you can get to know the breed more.
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Other Names |
What other names does the Lapponian Herder have?
|LapinporokoiraReindeer HerderLapland Reindeer Dog|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
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Is a Lapponian Herder small, medium or large dog?
How big do Lapponian Herder get?
What is the average size of a Lapponian Herder?
How much does the Lapponian Herder weigh? How much should a Lapponian Herder weight? What is the normal weight of a Lapponian Herder? How much does a full-grown Lapponian Herder weight?
|Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Lapponian Herder?
|Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)|
How tall is the Lapponian Herder? Lapponian Herder height:
|Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm)|
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Lapponian Herder?
|Male: 20 inch (51 cm), Female: 19 inch (48.5 cm)|
How much does the Lapponian Herder puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Lapponian Herder in the United States? How much money is a Lapponian Herder?
Where to buy a Lapponian Herder with a good pedigree?
If you choose to purchase the Lapponian Herder, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Lapponian Herder for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Lapponian Herder gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Lapponian Herder? How many Lapponian Herder are there in the world?
Average: The Lapponian Herder is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.
Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Lapponian Herder? Is the Lapponian Herder breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Lapponian Herder is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
The Lapponian Herder is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.
Are Lapponian Herder dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Lapponian Herder?
Lapponian Herder dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Lapponian Herder good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Lapponian Herder dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Lapponian Herder dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Lapponian Herder dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Lapponian Herder dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
What kind of personality does the Lapponian Herder have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Lapponian Herder sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Lapponian Herder dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.
They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Is a Lapponian Herder a good family dog?
Average to High: Lapponian Herder dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Lapinporokoira need? Lapponian Herder social needs:
Lapponian Herder dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Lapponian Herder to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Lapponian Herder roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Lapponian Herder is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Lapponian Herder have high prey drive?
Lapponian Herder dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Lapponian Herder dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
How playful is this breed?
The Lapponian Herder is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Lapponian Herder dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Lapinporokoira bark?
A lot: Lapponian Herder is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.
The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Lapponian Herder good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Lapponian Herder in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Lapponian Herder breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Lapponian Herder indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Lapponian Herder dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
How long can a Lapponian Herder be left alone? How long can you leave a Lapponian Herder alone?
Lapponian Herder dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Bite Force PSI |
Does the Lapponian Herder has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Lapponian Herder? How much bite force does a Lapponian Herder have? How strong is a Lapponian Herder bite?
Between 200 and 400 PSI ⏺
Lapponian Herder bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Lapponian Herder measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Lapponian Herder is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Lapponian Herder bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Lapponian Herder bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Lapponian Herder puppy not to bite from an early age.
The Lapponian Herder, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.
However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
In conclusion, while the Lapponian Herder bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Lapponian Herder can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.
Biting Potential |
Do Lapponian Herder bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Lapinporokoira? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Lapponian Herder? Why do dog bites happen?
The Lapponian Herder has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Lapponian Herder do?
Lapponian Herder dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Lapponian Herder dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Lapponian Herder dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Lapponian Herder rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Lapponian Herder breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Lapponian Herder see the vet?
The Lapponian Herder should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Lapponian Herder dogs live? How old can a Lapponian Herder be? What is the age limit of the Lapponian Herder? How many years can the oldest Lapponian Herder live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Lapponian Herder?
How long is the lifespan of a Lapponian Herder?
The average lifespan of Lapponian Herder: 11 years
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Prefers average to cold weather conditions |
The Lapponian Herder can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Lapponian Herder have? What is the activity level of the Lapponian Herder?
Lapponian Herder dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much exercise does a Lapponian Herder need? How much exercise do Lapponian Herder dogs require per day?
Do Lapponian Herder dogs need a lot of exercises?
Lapponian Herder dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does the Lapponian Herder breed need?
Lapponian Herder dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Lapponian Herder need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Lapponian Herder breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Lapponian Herder? How much food should I feed my Lapponian Herder?
|2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Lapponian Herder risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Lapponian Herder's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.
If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Lapponian Herder weight regularly.
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Lapponian Herder have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Lapponian Herder coats?
How to groom the Lapponian Herder and how often? How often should I take my Lapponian Herder to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Lapponian Herder doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.
Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Lapponian Herder is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Lapponian Herder dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Lapinporokoira? Do Lapponian Herder dogs shed a lot?
Lapponian Herder dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Lapponian Herder need a bath? How often should you give a Lapponian Herder a bath? Can I bathe my Lapponian Herder every day?
| 3-4 weeks |
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.
Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.
Is the Lapponian Herder breed hypoallergenic?
Lapponian Herder dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Lapponian Herder has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency |
Does the Lapponian Herder drool?
The Lapponian Herder is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.
If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Lapponian Herder dogs get along with other pets? Are Lapponian Herder dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Lapponian Herder dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Lapponian Herder temperament with other people:
Lapponian Herder dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly |
Are Lapponian Herder dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Lapponian Herder temperament with children:
Lapponian Herder dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Lapponian Herder dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Lapponian Herder breed live with a cat?
Lapponian Herder dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Lapponian Herder good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Lapponian Herder dogs get along with other dogs?
Lapponian Herder dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Lapponian Herder can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Lapponian Herder breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Lapponian Herder breed suitable for first-time owners?
Lapponian Herder dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Lapponian Herder dogs good office canines? Do Lapponian Herder dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Lapponian Herder is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Lapponian Herder dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Lapinporokoira temperament with senior people? Are Lapponian Herder dogs good for elderly owners?
Lapponian Herders are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Lapponian Herder be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
Lapponian Herder is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Lapponian Herder be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Lapponian Herder be an emotional support animal?
This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.
Lapponian Herder is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Lapponian Herder be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Lapponian Herder is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Lapponian Herder be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Lapponian Herder is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Lapponian Herder be a boat dog?
Lapponian Herder breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Lapponian Herder be a drafting dog?
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.
Lapponian Herder is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Lapponian Herder dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Lapponian Herder pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Lapponian Herder breed is pregnant?
Reproductive cycle of the female Lapponian Herder: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.
During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.
The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.
The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.
The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.
The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Lapponian Herder have in a litter? How many puppies can the Lapponian Herder breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Lapponian Herder have? How many puppies can a Lapponian Herder give birth to?
AKC Group |
Is Lapponian Herder recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Lapponian Herder recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.|
Lapponian Herder Pros and Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Lapponian Herder is an excellent dog breed.
- Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
- Grooming: Easy to groom: The Lapponian Herder doesn't require a lot of grooming.
- Watchdog Ability: Lapponian Herder dogs are good watchdogs.
- Adaptability: Lapponian Herder dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Child Friendly: Lapponian Herder dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Lapponian Herder dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Lapponian Herders are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Lapponian Herder dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Hypoallergenic: Lapponian Herder dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
- Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Lapponian Herder breed in the home.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Lapponian Herder's weight, he can easily gain weight.
- Mouthiness: Lapponian Herder dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Lapponian Herder is strong enough to escape from home.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Lapponian Herder dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
- Office Friendly: Lapponian Herder is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Lapponian Herder History
The Lapponian Herder is a Spitz breed that was developed specifically for reindeer herding and as a family companion for the Sami, Lapland’s indigenous people. Lapland is now split between Finland and Sweden, and while these dogs are uncommon elsewhere, they are prevalent in this area. These herding dogs are smart, loyal, and fast to learn and adapt. Although they are highly lively and have great stamina, Lapponian Herders are placid in the home. They can be wary of strangers at first, but they warm up fast. They are fiercely protective of their family members and frequently bark, which makes them great guard dogs.
The use of dogs by the Sami people in Lapland has been documented historically since B.C. times. Originally, dogs were companions for nomadic people and they were likely related to the Finnish Lapphund. The Sami people maintained a subsistence lifestyle, using wild reindeer to supplement their berry gathering for nutrition and clothing.
The dogs guarded the tribes at first, but they did not take part in the herding. Beginning in the 17th century, reindeer herding became an important part of the Sami way of life. This was in response to the region’s nation-building efforts (Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia). These countries’ tax bases included the Sami who needed to improve their ability to trade and produce income. Reindeer herding was greatly enhanced by herding dogs, and their use became central to the survival and lifestyle of the Sami people.
The original herding dogs gave rise to several breeds, including the Lapponian Herder, Finnish Lapphund, Swedish Lapphund, and the Norwegian Elkhound. Furthermore, during the mid-19th century, around the Second World War, breeders attempted to conserve the Finnish herding dogs, which were on the verge of extinction, just like many other breeds at that time. Breeders in Sweden and Finland began to try to recreate the lost reindeer herding dogs in their various forms.
The first among them was recognized as the Kukonharjulainen and the breed was a few of the herding dogs crossed with black and white Karelian Bear Dogs, resulting in a short-coated dog. Other breeders with another kennel club in Finland created another breed, this one with a more heavy coat, called the Lapponian Herder. Most dogs were collected in the late 1950s, and their look was used to classify them as one of the two kinds. In the early 1960s, the two kennel clubs merged and all the Finnish reindeer dogs were placed in the same registry. They have split again in 1966, this time based on coat length.
The Lapponian Herder is a medium-sized shepherd dog of the Spitz breed. Its length clearly exceeds its height, and its bones and muscles are robust. It has a muscular build yet isn’t bulky. The head is a little longer than average. The muzzle is significantly shorter than the skull and the top of the head is slightly convex. The oval, black and lively eyes are separated by a considerable distance. The upright ears are mid-length, wide at the base, and spaced apart. The tail is medium in length, bushy, and attached low to the ground. The coat is black, greyish, or brown in color and can be medium or long in length. The head, chest, and legs are commonly marked with lighter markings than the rest of the body.
The Finnish Kennel Club recognized the Lapponian Shepherd Dog in 1945, which included dogs with longer and shorter coats. In 1966, the Lapponian Herder, also know now as the Lapinporokoira, was recognized as a distinct, shorter-coated breed. The Finnish Lapphund, or Lapinkoira, was developed simultaneously as a longer-coated variety. In 1999, the Federation Cynologique International amended and approved the breed standards. The United Kennel Club recognized these dogs under a broader Herding category. The breed was also added to the Herding group of the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service Program in 2017 to facilitate record-keeping and encourage breed preservation for rare breeds not currently recognized by the AKC.
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Incredibly witty, intelligent, confident, charismatic, athletic companions. They make excellent workers in herding, scent, obedience, therapy, and agility.
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